Wyndmoor, Blue Bell deserve apology

In response to Jeanne Andrews letter referencing leash-free time in Pastorius Park, be advised Ms. Andrews, your letter was “running” on until you made the mistake of making it personal by including in your rant two neighborhoods: Wyndmoor and Blue Bell.

Question Ms.Andrews: Why name these two and no none other? Do you have first-hand knowledge ? Did you interview people in the park? Did you see people from Wyndmoor or Blue Bell not picking up their dogs’ poop ? I would love to hear your explanation for calling out these two stellar communities. If not, I want a retraction and or apology for personally maligning these neighborhoods. See to it Ms. Andrews.

Jesse Crandall


Grateful for article

It is with gratitude and humility that I thank Barbara Sherf for the lovely article she posted in the July 6 Local.

It was my privilege to serve as the most recent executive director of the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment. Now I have had the sad duty to close our doors for the last time.  If truth be told, however, the last several weeks at the office and June’s “luscious luncheon” at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill became a celebration of the CHCE (known to many as the Senior Services Center from 1978 – 2008)).

This center meant so much to so many for so long. Thanks to all of you:: members, teachers, neighbors, partners from other service organizations and volunteers. Thanks also to our amazing board of governors. Everyone (and you know who you are) contributed to making the CHCE a great neighborhood resource. You also made my job easy, and I have loved every minute.

As I’ve said more than a few times this spring/summer, I am not saying goodbye nor am I retiring from the workforce. I still live in the neighborhood and I plan to stay in touch with you.

Mary Zell
Director of CHCE, which closed for good on June 30


Eat dinner and save cats’ lives

We are extremely grateful to several local restaurants that are helping us find forever homes for our wonderful cats. They are including flyers featuring some of our adoptable cats in the billfold with each customer bill.

We’re always looking for new ways to introduce our cats to the public, and we think this is particularly creative. Please support these wonderful restaurants, and when you go, make sure to tell them BCR sent you!

Participating restaurants are:

  • Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange: A Mt. Airy eatery featuring a great menu with fresh local fare as well as vegetarian options. Every Wednesday is Buck-a-Shuck!
  • Earth Bread + Brewery: Another Mt. Airy favorite featuring tasty wood-fired flatbread pizzas and fabulous craft beers brewed on the premises.
  • Mi Lah: An inventive Asian and globally inspired vegan and vegetarian restaurant with locations in Broad Axe and Center City.

As always, thanks for your support and friendship, and please continue spreading the word about our rescue.

Brenda Malinics
Brenda’s Cat Rescue


Name omitted from play review

In Hugh Hunter’s review of Old Academy’s production of “Morning’s at Seven” (“Nostalgia, outstanding acting make family drama a winner,” June 15,) he left out the name of the venerable actor Mike Mogar.

Mike, a veteran performer, has appeared throughout the Delaware Valley for many years, always providing audiences with spot-on performances, as he does in his demanding role in this outstanding production of “Morning’s At Seven.”

Mr. Hunter’s excellent review is most appreciated, but it’s important to point out this oversight on his part. Things happen.

Lawrence H. Geller

(Editor’s Note: Geller, a longtime journalist and actor in numerous local productions, was also in the cast of “Morning’s at Seven.” And Mogar, in addition to his acting, has worked for years at Kilian’s century-old hardware store in Chestnut Hill.)